N043364 HJ "1933" PATTERN FIELD CAP. (HJ Dienstmütze) 

BACKGROUND: The Hitler Youth may be traced back to March of 1922, with the formation of the "Jugendbund der NSDAP" (Youth-league of-the NSDAP), under control of the SA. In April of 1924 the "Jugendbund der NSDAP" was renamed "Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung" (Greater-german Youth-movement), and in July of 1926 the "Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung" was officially renamed "Hitlerjugend Bund der deutschen Arbeiterjugend" (Hitler-youth League of-the german Worker-youth). Prior to 1925, an assortment of uniform items were worn by "Hitler Jugend" members, mainly consisting of a white shirt and HJ armband. In an attempt to associate themselves more closely with the Nazi Party, the HJ adopted the NSDAP brown shirt in 1925. The earliest known headgear worn by the Hitler Youth was a soft, civilian style visor cap, and a beret, that were utilized as early as 1926. Uniform regulations of 1933 discontinued both of these early caps, replacing them with a new visor cap.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A light weight, ribbed tan cotton twill construction visor cap. The cap features a one-piece circular crown, piped in red, a body with seams to each of its cardinal points, a one-piece centerband whose vertical seam is to the back, and a cloth-covered visor. Pinned to the forward seam line of the body is a first pattern (circa 1927), die stamped alloy, silver washed, spread-winged eagle with a wreathed, mobile swastika in its talons. There are several other holes from other eagles being applied to it at one time or another. Attached to the centerband is an painted HJ membership badge, again, most likely restored to the cap. The short, extended visor has an internal stiffener. Visor is re-stitched and has worn through in several spots on the edge. Fixed by the brown-painted, convex metal buttons positioned over each ear is a brown leather chin strap. The interior of the cap is fully lined in copper-colored cotton. Only portion of the original leather sweatband remain, and one section that feel out will be supplied to the new owner. Silver embossed makers mark to the liner and also complete with its original RZM tag. The piping has worn down to its base core in a few areas. Scarce cap to find.

GRADE ***                             PRICE $1,114.00

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